Meeting the needs of your landscape-design clients 

Whether new in the business or possessing decades of experience, as a landscape designer or installer you have heard every possible reason for why your...

The perplexity of PVC-fitting failures 

Many golf-course superintendents resign themselves to repairing broken PVC-pipe fittings. Some have humorously suggested that the task provides built-in...

Tag, you're it. 

It seems the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tagged the newest "kid" to be "it"--the entire group of organophosphate insecticides. EPA...

Attachments Increase Reel-Mower Effectiveness 

To groom quality turf most effectively, you have a variety of reel-mower options and attachments from which to choose. Today, you can find standard features...

Turf and ornamental pesticides 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 875 active ingredients currently are registered for use as "conventional" pesticides--herbicides,...

Safe Driving:Where the rubber meets the road 

In any service business where you need to travel to a client's property to provide care, the issue of getting there safely is a concern. Most organizations...

Cultural and environmental factors influence green speed 

The effects of nitrogen and mowing height on putting-green speed are well-known. Less obvious are the long-term effects of secondary practices, such as...

Stregthen your machines' muscles 

You can't overemphasize the importance of hydraulics in the proper functioning of today's equipment. Hydraulics are its muscles. They aid equipment in...

The dirty half-dozen (creeping bentgrass diseases) 

A multitude of fungal pathogens attack creeping bentgrass (CBG). However, the types of diseases that occur and their severity vary considerably among...

Map and monitor pests for premium control 

Scouting your site for insect and weed problems may--at first--seem more time-consuming than simply spraying the whole area. But in the long run, it is...

Researching Maintenance 

Choosing a plant supplier How do you choose a reputable nursery? And how does a contractor decide between using a nursery vs. a wholesaler?--New JerseyDeveloping...

Innovation is a must for assistant superintendents 

The effectiveness of your role as assistant superintendent depends on your management style, your budget and your membership's demands. However, every...

PGMA winner: Mohonk Mountain House 

High atop a mountainous glacial ridge named the Shawangunks in New Paltz, N.Y., sits the Mohonk Mountain House. This beautiful Victorian Hotel, built...

Reduce allergies with plant selection, maintenance 

Every year, allergy sufferers sneeze, sniffle and cry during allergy season. It's an unwelcome annual ritual for millions of people. Is there anything...

Caring for your carburetor 

With your 4-cycle engine asked to do more work with less downtime, why would you want to wade through volumes of manuals to make a few minor repairs?...

Increasing your returns through water conservation 

The golf-course greenskeeper historically never lost his job because the turf was too green from overwatering," remarked a regional representative from...

Combine bulbs and perennials to extend bloom 

We usually think of using spring bulbs for ostentatious displays of color that an- nounce the arrival of spring. While no one can argue about the beauty...

Protecting your assets Don't let fraud put you out of business. 

American businesses lose nearly $12 billion each year to check fraud. Small businesses are frequent and vulnerable targets. If you operate a small landscaping...

Silver linings of regulations 

On the surface, you'd think that regulations are killing our industry, but is this really so? Of course, we should be concerned, and we as an industry...

Pesticides and schools 

Q: Should pesticides be applied to school grounds?John Boyd, grounds coordinator, Leavenworth (Kan.) Public School DistrictPesticides should not be applied...

Are regulations killing our industry? Part I: Emission regualtions 

Visitors to the Los Angeles area in recent years may have noticed that change is in the air--literally. Smog no longer hangs over the city like a shroud....

Treat and dispose of chemical rinsate 

Monitor your decision. These are words to live by once you make a pesticide application. Prior to your decision on how to control a pest through the integrated-pest-management...

Recycling and yard-waste bans 

From 1985 to 1992, recycling and composting of yard trimmings became an integral part of integrated municipal-solid-waste (MSW) management. Franklin Associates...

The pros and cons of biological control: Bugs for hire 

For managing landscape pests, many people view the use of biological control favorably. Thus, when appropriate, this tactic can generate good will with...

Part II: Multiple chemical sensitivity 

Here's a health quiz for you.Do you experience any of the following symptoms? -- Headaches -- Breathing problems -- Short- or long-term memory loss --...

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